Elva Fields ‘Living History’ Spring 2012 Collection

by | Accessories, Bride, Bridesmaids, Jewellery


I am always a fan of the gorgeous bold jewels from Elva Fields and the newest collection- ‘Living History’ embodies jewel like colours. Designer Emily Wheat Maynard was inspired by the vintage pieces she includes in each design and her love of all things natural. Personally, I think these make for a beautiful wedding day accessory (perhaps adding colour to a simple gown, switching out a traditional style necklace for something fun and bold at the reception and even for your bridesmaids).

I love the range of bridal whites Emily has incorporated into the new collection- from bleached wooden discs, pearls, glass and and textured stones. They’re set off by vintage rhinestone brooches, vintage earrings and bold brooches. I can never go past the injection of colour though- vivid African blues, citrus yellows and sherbet oranges.

Elva Fields consists of three lines. June (limited edition earrings), Elva (necklaces made from a mix of vintage and new elements) and Deb (eco one-of-a-kind necklaces made from entirely vintage components) and then there’s my favourite- the custom, one of a kind option where the Elva Fields team design a piece (or a set of pieces!) to compliment your personal wedding style.


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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photography by Karen Buckle from “Our Perfect Garden Party Wedding”

Happy Friday Dotties! Did you have a lovely week? it certainly feels like Autumn is finally here doesn’t it? I love it! Scarves! Tights! Boots! Hooray! What have you got planned for this weekend?

On Polka Dot Groom

Grooms show us how stylish glasses can really be on your wedding day

Gerald shows us  his very individual style on Groom Style

When Cara and Bruce got married, Cara took Bruce’s breath away

On Polka Dot Wisdom

Jennifer Gao from The Wedding Boutique answers our Expert Interview questions

Abraham Joffe of Untitled Filmworks showcases his film on the beautiful work of Karen Willis Holmes

The difference between a good wedding and a great wedding could be your wedding planner – find out how

On Polka Dot Made

We featured rustic wooden candleholders on our Etsy Roundup

Tuesday Type this week  is Melany Lane

Alicia from Akimbo shows a tutorial on confetti making and packaging

Stuck with how to garnish your champagne? Luckily we have a gorgeous list of champagne garnish inspiration for you!

On Polka Dot Weddings

Dave and Melissa get married in ‘Our Perfect Garden Party’ with pretty handmade touches and a purple tinged theme

Jane and Mat show us their gorgeous handmade NZ wedding

A navy and red theme for Carita and Craig’s nautical inspired QLD wedding

it’s March Desperately Seeking! Can you help our couples find what they’re wishing for?

On Polka Dot Honeymoons

What about Kangaroo Island for your honeymoon – Jess and Janek show us how to honeymoon with a child in tow

Around the wedding world this week….


Put this one in your diary! Melbourne designer Anna Campbell is holding a warehouse sale in April! Head down to 33 Gale St, Brunswick on Saturday, 14th of April between 10am and 2pm for garments with prices starting at $49. Past season collections, one off pieces, seconds and samples will all be available. It’s a cash only sale so make sure you hit up an ATM on the way!

US wedding industry commentator Liene Stevens of Think Splendid is looking for brides from all around the world who have had a wedding since 2007 or are marrying in the next few years to fill out a few questions. Visit her website to fill it out.

US based destination photographers A Love Supreme are holding their 2013 wedding photography giveaway! While travel expenses are not included, the team will travel anywhere. The prize does include two photographers and extras like a disc of high res images, online slideshow and online proofing gallery.The competition closes June 1st so check out their blog for how to enter.

For our film of the week, Sydney photographer David of David Campbell Imagery recently took as trip to the USA and took some very special photos. He set his camera to continuously fire shots and he so kindly shared them with us (it makes for a beautiful story).

Chloe and Sam’s Rustic Perth Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Chloe & Sam

Oh Perth, you do rustic, relaxed beauty so well! A stunning garden, a sweet and cheeky flower girl and plenty of beautiful moments make Chloe and Sam’s wedding a celebration I know you’ll think is just as beautiful as I do!

Chloe tells their story. “We met at our local Surf Life Saving Club on a Patrol. Chloe was doing a shift in the tower and despite it being a 45° scorcher, Sam bought Chloe a coffee and stayed in the tower to chat as he was new to the club. Not much came of this until a few days later when Sam chased Chloe down through a mutual friend and asked her to dinner. We were together for just under 5 years when Sam proposed.

Photographs today are by Merge Photography. The shots capture the rustic beauty of today’s wedding beautifully!

The stationery for the wedding was created by Mitchell & Dent. Chloe explains ” We had bespoke invitations designed and made by Angela and Leah at Mitchell and Dent. They featured a hand drawn, water coloured peony and also kept the colours simple and neutral. The invitations, along with the RSVP cards were tied together with a few loops of twine and a knot. ”

Sam looked dapper in a suit from  Cubec and shoes from  Ginger’s for Gentlemen. His groomsmen wore suits from Cambridge they found at Tony Barlow.

Sue from Flowers on Scarborough did the flowers. Chloe explains “I wanted all the girls to have the same bouquets to tie in their different dresses, hair and jewellery. Their arrangements had cream and white peonies and lisianthus. We all had succulents added randomly in the arrangements as a little splash of natural colour and texture. The bouquets were wrapped in twine and had long stems to keep them ‘not so perfect’ as if they had just been picked. Because the groomsmen all wore matching suits, I wanted their button holes to be different. These were made with different succulents, nuts and berries, rosemary twigs and small flowers. They were also tied with twine.”

Chloe wore the Johanna Johnson“Ava” gown complete with a French tulle cathedral length veil. She wore Benjamin Adams shoes and Jan Logan aquamarine and 18ct white gold drop earrings (her something blue) and her sister’s bracelet (her something borrowed).

Chloe and Sam married in a beautiful garden. She explains “The Queens Gardens in East Perth was the perfect setting for our wedding. As soon as we went for our first visit we were sold. It is a beautiful tranquil garden nestled away from the buzz of the East Perth office district. It has a lake, busy with water life like ducks and water birds and the flower beds are all immaculately kept. We decided to stand under the shade of one of the biggest trees on the West side of the park. This provided enough shade for the perfect spring day.

Bride + Groom styled the wedding. Says Chloe, ” We used their walnut (wooden) Tiffany chairs and ribbons of different lengths and colours (lattes, creams and white) were tied along the back of the chairs. We had a blackboard to welcome the guests and a little ‘drink station’ set up with water bottles and ice in glass buckets to keep the guests hydrated as there was a heat wave that week and the wedding was outdoors under a big willow tree.  At the beginning and end of the aisle we had wooden crates of different sizes set up with arrangements of peonies and natural flowers.”

Chloe walked down the aisle to ‘Like Fire Like Ice’ by Jack Johnson. The couple were married by family friend Ruth Hillen.

Chloe remarks “It was so good to see how well the day turned out and how much fun our guests had after all the planning that had gone into the day.”

Chloe’s bridesmaids wore different gowns. Chloe explains “The three bridesmaids were given a colour scheme of ‘neutrals, nudes and lattes’. They then found their dresses from their own favourite stores. The maid of honour had a change of heart on the day but the new dress choice was even more beautiful. I didn’t know how dresses would come together until the day so I was so glad it all turned out perfect in the end. I also had a man of honour so keeping in line with the ‘casual and natural’ colouring; he wore cream chinos, a white shirt to tie in with the groomsmen and a navy blazer to break up the nude colours. No tie was worn as it was a warm day and kept the mood relaxed.”

Of their photographers, Chloe says, ” Carolina and Jodie were amazing photographers. The photo’s they took were beautiful and candid and they never tired of taking shots from start to finish. They were organised, professional, always cool and calm and great fun. They fit into the wedding like two more guests (people actually thought they were). ”

The couple held their reception at The Boatshed Restaurant. Chloe says ” We has such an amazing setting, The Boatshed is situated on the South Perth foreshore of the Swan River. Its rustic timber flooring and elegant fit out, with 180 degree views of Perth City on the water lent itself to the perfect reception. Claire and Graeme at the Boatshed were the most fabulous hosts a bride could ask for. Claire worked with me for months making sure she had every detail accounted for and every decoration organised exactly as I wanted. Together, Graeme, Claire and Owen (Restaurant Manager) ensured that the night ran smoothly at all times.”

The couple hired the Camacho Duo  for most of the night until a DJ took over the serious dancing. The couple entered their reception to the tune of their first dance Chloe remarks “We decided to mix up the order of events and we did our first dance straight after the entry of the bridal party. The guests all stood around the entry point and got involved and clapped when the bridal party arrived. Then, the DJ switched from the entrance song (Feel So Close – Calvin Harris) and played Bats by Paul Dempsey for the bridal waltz. A pleasant surprise for guests, the dance finished on a high before all were seated for entree.

Camacho Duo strummed an acoustic guitar and crooned cover songs by artists such as Stevie Wonder and Angus and Julia Stone for the first 3 hours of the mingling and cocktail style welcome. In between sets, DJ JMac spun a mix of ‘dinner music’. After the speeches the DJ took over the festivities and got the dance floor pumping.”

The cake was an added part of the decor. Chloe says “We had a double tiered cake and cupcakes. The cake was a mix of white chocolate mud and brown chocolate mud with butter cream icing. Both the main cake and the cupcakes were decorated with flowers such as peonies and spray rose buds. The cakes were arranged on a table using props such as little wooden crates, candles in jam jars and flowers loosely thrown into lace and twine decorated jam jars.”

The couple spent months collecting old frames which held the table numbers and seating charts. They also collected all the old jam jars and decorated them with lace and tine, filling them with flowers or candles to decorate the reception.

The female and male guest each received a different sweet treat. Chloe explains “Each favour had a little recycled gift tag with ‘love chloe and sam’ stamped in black ink. The girls received a small tin of organic flavoured lip balm wrapped up in a recycled matchbox with twine and the boys received ‘manly mints’ wrapped in a parcel of hessian and fastened with twine. They were displayed in a woven basket and handed out at the end of the night. We wanted the favours to be something memorable and something the guests could use and still a little quirky.”

Congratulations Sam and Chloe! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Merge Photography. for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Merge Photography / Styling & Hire: Bride + Groom / Bride's Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Shoes: Benjamin Adams / Bride's Jewellery: Jan Logan / Groom's Attire: Cubec / Groom's Shoes: Ginger's for Gentlemen / Groomsmen Attire: Cambridge from Tony Barlow / Hairstylist: Scissor Sister / Flowers & Decor: Flowers on Scarborough / Invitations & Stationery: Mitchell and Dent / Ceremony Venue: The Queens Gardens in East Perth / Ceremony Officiant: Ruth Hillen / Reception Venue: The Boatshed Restaurant / Band: Camacho Duo / DJ: DJ Jmac

Lucy and Andrew’s Romantic Estate Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Lucy and Andrew

The classic beauty of today’s wedding is such a delight. While the rain poured down, it made for nothing less than a beautiful wedding day for Lucy & Andrew held at Summerfields Country House & Estate in Victoria.

Lucy tells the romantic story of how she and Andrew came to be. “It was love at first sight she said, simple as that. It doesn’t happen to many people especially on a blind date, but it must have been fate for Andrew and Lucy.

Lucy’s sister and Andrew’s best friend had played matchmaker, and so it was that Andrew arranged to meet her at Grossi Florentinos on Bourke Street. Lucy said she would be the girl holding the pink phone. Taken by surprise at their mutual admiration of each other, fate had other plans. Lucy was just seven weeks away from starting her new job as an air-hostess with Emirates, which meant the dating game was not so straight forward.

For the next year, Lucy and Andrew would catch up once a month and also during her leave. Lucy would fly into Melbourne and they would spend 24 hours together before she would fly out again. They even met up for romantic trips around the globe whenever possible. When Lucy couldn’t see Andrew, she wrote him letters which were postmarked from all the over the world. However after some time away she eventually decided she missed him enough to return home and become a teacher.

It was on one of their weekends away in the Yarra Valley that Andrew proposed to Lucy. She was oblivious to his intent as they visited different wineries, went trout fishing and finally ended up at Woodlands Retreat ,where they shared a bottle of red as he cooked their catch for dinner.

It was after dinner that Andrew casually passed Lucy a beautiful book. Each page was filled with memories of their life together since that first date. The pages were adorned with photos taken together and every letter Lucy had ever written to Andrew. Finally she reached the last page and there written on a post-it note were the words, “Will you marry me?”.

He bought a beautiful ring – and, as fate would have it, the ring was from the same jeweller that Lucy’s father had bought an engagement ring for her mother many years earlier.”

Lucy and Andrew’s wedding day was captured by Kirralee Ashworth. I love Kirralee’s classic captures. no pretenses, just honest.


Mary Schibeci styled the girl’s hair while Jaci Rowland of Aquila Beauty Spot styled the girl’s makeup. The couple’s nieces- Lucy’s niece Ella from Sweden (age 5) and Andrew’s niece Grace (age 2) were the couple’s flower girls.

Lucy made the stationery, but that wasn’t the only element of the day that was handmade. Lucy explains, “All invitations, save the dates, thank you cards, table place cards, cupcake petal baskets and menus were made by me. Andrew’s father’s partner Heather was responsible for the wedding reception decorations (which we set up ourselves), My Aunt Julie made all bouquets, flower girls head pieces, flower buckets for the aisle and my mother Wendy hand painted the welcome sign. ”

Lucy wore a stunning gown with bow detail from Baccini and Hill. She paired it with shoes from Alan Pinkus and vintage jewels. Lucy explains “A meaningful present from Andrew, a small airplane pendant, was pinned into the lining of  my dress as I have worn it every day since receiving it. Alongside it was a bluebird from my grandmother given to me at birth. I also wore my Aunty’s wedding headpiece and veil. I wore her mother’s bracelet (which my father gave my mother on their first date) as something borrowed. And a sentimental watch – a gift from my father.”

Lucy’s bridesmaids wore white gowns from  Pilgrim with shoes from Tony Bianco and jewels from Diva.

Lucy and Andrew held their wedding celebrations at Summerfields Country House & Estate. Lucy remarks “Summerfields country estate was a gorgeous location which summed up our ideals in life – beautifully relaxed, with precise attention to detail. ”

Lucy’s bouquet was created by her aunt. Lucy explains “Julie, my aunty, arranged the bouquet – a beautiful blend of David Austin roses and wild flowers picked right from my grandfather’s garden. The creamy hues mixed with the pale orange and deep green accents seemed to make the collection of blooms subtly glow when held against the ivory fabric of the dress.”

Andrew and his groomsmen wore suits from Formal Red Suit Hire.

The ceremony was moved inside due to the rain, but it certainly didn’t dampen the beauty of the ceremony. Raleigh Williams and Owen Downie played (and sang) Sara Bareilles’s “One Sweet Love” as Lucy walked down the aisle with her parents. Lucy recalls “As they have stood by me my whole life, so too they stood beside me on my wedding day. It was very special to have both my mother Wendy and my father John, walk me down the aisle.”

Lucy and Andrew were married by Simone Cresp.

Lucy says “Our wedding enveloped everything we believe in, love and aspire to.  We were able to look around and see all our friends who we adore, our family who have always supported us, our grandparents who we aspire to be like and the children who are our future.”

Lucy says “It poured with horizontal rain, but even as my dress became wet with mud, we could not have been happier. I married the man I love, my best friend and my future.”

A classic, three tier wedding cake was created by House of Elegant Cakes.

Heather McQuade from Chair Covers Over All provided the rentals and helped the couple pulled their reception look together.

The speeches were incredibly special. Lucy remarks “My brother made the long flight from Sweden to be our MC, my sister and best friend was beside me all day. Andrew had his brothers, father and made a moving speech stating “Unfortunately my mother Lorraine never got the chance to meet Lucy, but every time I talked about her, she knew I was in love”.

The first dance was a giggly moment. Lucy recalls “After 6 weeks of wedding dance lessons at Aurthur Murray dance studio we thought we were very prepared. We had a perfectly choreographed dance to our favorite song ‘ you make it real – James Morrison’ sung by Raleigh and the Bombastics…we stepped onto the dance floor and that’s when the nerves kicked in…we only just made it through our first dance…..collapsing into fits of giggles at the end!”

Raleigh Williams and the Bombastics provided the festive music for the reception. Lucy remarks “Raleigh – the wedding singer – was a school friend. Many years ago I announced that she must sing at my wedding – thank god she did!! She was brilliant!”

Congratulations Lucy and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us! Thank you also to Kirralee Ashworth for sharing today’s imagery!

Photographer: Kirralee Ashworth / Bride's Dress: Baccini and Hill / Bride's Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Groom's Attire: Formal Red Suit Hire / Groomsmen Attire: Formal Red Suit Hire / Rentals: Chair Covers Over All / Bridesmaid Dresses: Pilgrim / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaid Accessories: Diva / Hairstylist: Mary Schibeci / Makeup Artist: Jaci Rowland – Aquila Beauty Spot / Venue: Summerfields Country House and Estate / Ceremony Officiant: Simone Cresp / Band: Raleigh Williams and the Bombastics / Wedding Cake: House of Elegant Cakes